Home Tags Bangor Daily News

Tag: Bangor Daily News

Decriminalization offers different approach to reduce overdose deaths, incarceration

5/3/21--LD 967, which is supported by the Maine Medical Association, would direct people who want to end or reduce their drug use to treatment programs, which are only sometimes available in jail. Furthermore, LD 967 offers a different, and likely more effective, means of reducing the harmful — and too often deadly — impacts of substance use disorder in Maine. Decriminalizing possession of some drugs can go hand-in-hand with the many efforts in Maine to increase treatment options and to make them more available to those who want them. Read

Kennebunkport voters ban retail marijuana stores

11/8/17--Voters in Kennebunkport approved a local referendum question asking residents whether to prohibit retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs in their town, which they voted to do, 910-478. Read

Legislature sends marijuana regulation bill to LePage, who may kill it

10/23/17--The Maine Legislature endorsed a plan to regulate the state’s new recreational marijuana market to set up a state licensing system for cultivators, stores, marijuana product manufacturers and testers. It passed in both chambers and went to Gov. Paul LePage, but it fell short of the two-thirds threshold in the Maine House of Representatives needed to override an expected veto from the governor. Read

What Maine’s new recreational marijuana market will look like

7/24/19--Voters backed legalization by a slim margin in the 2016 election, approving a law allowing Mainers over age 21 to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It’s too early to tell what the market will look like, but the industry is watching closely. Paul Armentaro, the deputy director of NORML, a national pro-legalization group, said Maine’s initiative as written is “one of the more progressive regulatory schemes with regard to marijuana in the country.” Read

Portland mayor decries 4/20 marijuana giveaway

4/23/17--Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling said he’s disappointed by a free pot giveaway in Monument Square that drew a long line of people and a cloud of smoke. Under state law and city ordinance, marijuana can’t be used in public, but the crowd enjoyed it anyway, uninterrupted. It’s the first “holiday” since Maine voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in November, allowing adults age 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces. Read

Belfast weighs delay on marijuana sales, social clubs

12/23/16--Belfast is considering a moratorium on retail marijuana to give city officials time to craft local rules and regulations around its sale and use in social clubs. The council passed a first reading of a proposed 180-day moratorium Tuesday night. After one more reading, the council will hold a public hearing on the proposal before deciding whether to approve it. If the moratorium passes, it would begin immediately. Read

Recounts requested by opponents of legal pot

11/16/16--Opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana and a 3 percent surtax to support public education have officially requested recounts of ballots after razor-thin margins on Election Day. The recounts have not yet been scheduled. Read

Legal marijuana’s risks for children aren’t what you might think

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-12-13-27-am10/24/16--Younger children are more likely to be accidentally exposed to marijuana as access to the drug increases. Edibles, in particular, are more likely than some other drugs to send children to the hospital, but while marijuana poisonings among the youngest Maine children are uncommon, it's rising. Whereas, seemingly legalization isn’t increasing pot use among older children, at least not yet. Teens are by no means giving up on marijuana, but use is down according to Centers for Disease Control data. Read

United by pot, divided by policy: How Maine’s pro-marijuana forces disagree

10/12/16--One of the biggest hurdles for marijuana advocates in Maine is finding common ground among the enthusiasts who philosophically agree with legalization. Anxiety around the recreational legalization proposal in Question 1 is coming from the caregiver community, some of whom fear their niche market could collapse. Read

No on 1. It’s not in Maine’s best interests to make it easier to access marijuana

10/14/16--The Bangor Daily News Editorial Board recommends a “no” vote on Question 1. According to the board, Maine is in the midst of a deadly addiction crisis that will likely kill at least one Mainer per day this year. At the same time, the state’s public health and addiction treatment systems have been decimated by an administration that cares more about punishment than prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation. Read

Maine AG says Question 1 would allow children to have pot

10/13/16--Maine Attorney General Janet Mills issued a revised assessment that the bill would make it legal for children to possess up to 2.5 ounces of the drug. In Mills’ notes, she wrote that the “the initiated bill purports to allow only people over 21 years of age to buy and consume marijuana, however it says nothing about people under the age of 21. Nothing in this bill makes it unlawful for a child to possess marijuana — there are no penalties.” Read

With marijuana legalization vote looming, Bangor leaders weigh restrictions

8/23/16--Bangor officials are preparing for the potential legalization of recreational marijuana by considering ways they might restrict cannabis sales and use in the city. Read